Just Say No to Your Cell Phone Plan: 5 Money Saving Alternatives
Are you just about fed up with your cell phone company? Are you sick and tired of being “locked in” a multi-year cell phone plan? What about those overage fees and other miscellaneous charges that keep showing up? Is there another option?
Actually, there is hope, and there is a better way. Five better ways to be exact. You see the big money grubbing cell phone companies have not been paying enough attention to a technology shift away from what we politely refer to as cell phone service. Hint: think Wi-Fi and how it’s just about everywhere you go nowadays. In most cases, you can get onto a Wi-Fi network for no extra charge.
5 Alternatives to Consider
- The first alternative to consider is a plan offered up by a company called Scratch Wireless. Scratch Wireless offers free service for users who rely solely on Wi-Fi. If you are the type of person who mostly goes or hangs out in places that have free Wi-Fi, this could be a great deal for you. Yes, there are some restrictions and limitations. You can’t be a data hog and there are fees for extra services. But still, you can’t argue with a base price of free.
- A second alternative to your regular cell phone contract is a unique offering named FreedomPop. FreedomPop bases all of their service plans on broadband internet for mobile devices (phones using either the 3G or 4G network). The base free plan with FreedomPop gets you 200 voice minutes, 500 megabytes of data and 500 texts a month. Yes, it’s true that this may not look like much, but remember the price here. It’s free. Plus, they offer other data plans for prices most likely much lower than what you are currently paying your cell phone provider.
- Yet another alternative is one offered by Republic Wireless. The plan by Republic is also based on using Wi-Fi. This company has been around a bit longer than some of the newer competitors and now offers plans as low as $5.00 a month for unlimited talk, text and data using Wi-Fi only. Even their most expensive plan with unlimited everything is only $40.00 per month.
- The fourth alternative cell phone plan is by Zact. Understanding that most customers never actually use up their monthly allotments of minutes anyway, Zact promises you will never overpay. In other words, they let you make a la carte selections of minutes, texts, and data. If you aren’t even close to meeting your monthly allotment, the difference is credited to your next month’s bill. One caveat with Zact is there is a $4.99 per line maintenance fee plus a $10 activation fee to get started.
- The fifth alternative is from Ting. Ting says forget about the whole idea of a cell phone plan altogether. Instead, you get to talk, text, and tweet, whatever you do with your phone as you normally would. Then, at month’s end, your totals are added up and put into categories of Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large price guides. But there’s the unique twist. If you use a lot of minutes this month but hardly none the next month, your bill changes to match.
What Does All of this Mean for You?
You have a choice. You don’t have to be hostage to your cell phone provider anymore. Right now, today, there are 5 alternate cell phone plans staring you in the face. Now you don’t have an excuse to bitch about your cell phone plan and all of their obnoxious terms and conditions. Now you have the power to make a different choice. And get this, many, if not all, of the alternatives discussed above will allow you to bring your existing cell phone plan along with you.
All right, now it’s your turn. Are you fed up enough with your cell phone company to try something else? Do you already use one of these services? Tell us about it!